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" Local with Sherran and Bill "

Date & start time:    Sunday 13th May, 2018.  2.30 pm start.

Location of Start :    By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Gillerthwaite, Low Park, The Peel, High Park and the Kirkstile.

Walk details :             2.2 miles,150 feet of ascent,  3 hours including a pint at the pub.

Highest point :          Technically, the beer garden.

Walked with :             Sherran and Bill, Ann and our dog, Dylan, Harry was resting at home.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies.

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On the day following our Rannerdale walk, the weather had improved once again, back to the blue skies and warmth of this 2018 summer. 

A leisurely morning, including more work in the paddock and a bike race, followed by an afternoon stroll to Crummock Water

brought Sherran and Bill's visit to a close.

Having helped plant the fruit tree and hedge last visit, Bill was eager to see how his gardening work was progressing.

The sunny weather has returned today and the calm water reflects not only Bill but the blue skies above.

With his help I made a start on the one remaining landscaping task . . .
. . . to break through the lower supporting wall and build steps.

There are more photos of the garden . . . which I will collate together in a separate page shortly, if that is okay.

It was the Sunday of the Fred Whitton Challenge

This year two thousand five hundred cyclists attempt a 113 mile circuit of the Lake District which includes seven major hill climbs.

The route passes the cottage so we take time out to enjoy the spectacle.

Only a minor climb this one . . . up past Rose Cottage and the Loweswater Vicarage.

The road is not closed to traffic for the event, as it is a challenge not a race.

Road traffic was light but at one point a tractor, then another appeared down the hill.

For some reason there was a tractor enthusiasts outing on the same day,

driving in the opposite direction through Loweswater on these small lanes.

It wasn't chaos . . . but it seemed an odd combination of events.

" Rush Hour " in Loweswater . . . 13th June, about 11 am.

Add the normal traffic into the mix and the whole event became even more of a "Whitton Challenge".

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Still after a dozen or so tractors had gone one way and the 2500+ riders departed the other, peace and quiet returned to the valley.

After lunch we went for a stroll down to the lake.

Mellbreak, as we cross the fields beyond Gillerthwaite.

It's warm again and many of the sheep are sheltering in the shade of the tree.

The sunny weather has brought the trees to life . . .
. . . and brought flowers to the hedgerows (Greater Stitchwort)

Gardening time at Mellbreak Cottage as they burn off a pile of garden waste.

It doesn't spoil the view up the valley as seen from "the stone" in the fields beyond Low Park.

The summer brings cotton grass into bloom on the marshland . . .
. . . and pure white Lady's Smock
Buttercups and flag iris in the woodland . . .
. . . more next to the stream.

A short boardwalk brings us out to the edge of Crummock Water at The Peel.

The lakeside path goes left to the pump house  . . .
. . . or right, around the headland.

The ash tree with the strange buds we looked at with Trevor and Gill recently now has nice green leaves.

Hold your curser over the right hand photo to see the change.

Sunlight filters through a large sycamore tree as we pass by.

From the headland is a lovely view up the lake, especially on a day like today.

The four 'grey boxes' are cars parked on Rannerdale Hause, and the fells behind include Great Gable, Green Gable, Haystacks and High Crag.

The furthest fell to the right of Napes Crags on Gable is Scafell Pike's Broad Crag, some nine miles away in Wasdale.

Two Goosander ducks paddle their way past, the female one head-down looking for food as they go.

Bill turns the corner to Sandy Yat, the pebble beach alongside The Peel headland.

The girls are ahead and Dylan even further ahead . . . that's him making a splash in the water.

" You talking about me ? "

Sherran and Ann enjoying the view from the rocks by the water's edge.

The lake levels are low in this dry weather and the large stone is well out of the water.

Bill requested a photo of the girls and a wet Dylan on the rock . . .
. . . eventually he dried a little and stood still for the photo.

Back towards home now as we walk up through the fields towards High Park.

The lambs here in mid-May are growing fast and their wool becoming quite long now.

Back through the lane towards Low Park . . .
. . . where their pink cherry tree is in full bloom.
More flowers in the lanes . . . Jack-in-the-bush (Garlic Mustard)
. . . these ferns catching a burst of sunlight through a gap in the wall.

( Many thanks to Helmut for identification of some of the many flowers.)

Our cottage across the fields, but we'll defer our return slightly . . .

. . . as we pass Wainwright's Negative signpost
. . . and head for the amber nectar at the Kirkstile.

Suitably refreshed we walk the short distance home, completing the circle by passing Gillerthwaite House once again.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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